Monday, March 23, 2009

Another excursion..

Today a few of us headed out to a city called Tong'an which is part of Xiamen but on the mainland. We enjoyed spending the day wandering around Quanzhou and Chongwu, we decided that it would be fun to start exploring more of the cities that surround Xiamen. It also helps that a some of the women have drivers, which means, that a few of us are lucky enough to tag along.

We started off at a place called Tong'an Movie City, which basically is a miniature version of Beijing's historical sites. So, if you don't have the time, money or inclination to travel to Beijing, you can go to Tong'an and pretend you were there. The beauty of this place, unlike Beijing, you avoid the crowds.

Replica of the Forbidden City
After lunch, we headed to a temple, which is larger and quieter than Nanputo Temple. This temple has been around for a few hundred years, and one can take trails to get different views of the city.

Local women cleaning the steps up to temple
Cemetary for the monks
Kim, Katie, Ellie and Pam

It was interesting to see, and nice to get out of Xiamen to explore the area, but once is enough. I don't think I need to add this on guest's "must see while you are in Xiamen" list.

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